Something about this new track from Sometime Sonny, a multi-instrumentalist from Brisbane, is insanely addictive. The sound of “Like Everybody Else” is melodic dreaminess reminiscent of The Beatles, but with South Brisbane share house level of honesty.
While on the lighter side in terms of what I’d usually write about, I fell for the chilled vibe and dragging beats along with the high melodics. It felt like the track was slowing me down while the carousel in my mind continued on.
And then the vocals began, with lyrics like this:
“I drive a Kia. No, it’s not a Sportage
I spend all my money on beers and my guitars
And I feel so lonely
I was gone; falling into gorgeous layers of sound, ethereal as well as soberingly real.
Sometime Sonny is the alias for Dave Campbell, who wrote “Like Everybody Else” on a train in response to the horrifying realisation he’d become a 9-to-5er instead of following his heart in music.
With the track as well as the vintage aesthetic music video, Sometime Sonny is commenting on the loss of individuality that seems to occur as we age: An identity-less army of officewear, clocking in and enduring the day until we’re free to leave. As in reality, the music video expresses the sense of rebellion in response to this loss of freedom and individuality, all for the sake of money.
The track is as depressing as it is cool and I loved my repeat listens of this beauty. Check it out below.